another planet. Along with a military team led by Russell. he encounters totalitarian space god Ra (Davidson) and reverses US foreign policy by helping the locals. Big budget science fiction with gleefully ridiculous story and brilliant effects. Glasgow: Odeon. MGM Parkhead. Edinburgh: Odeon. L'Cl. Borders: Pavilion. Strathclyde: Odeon Hatnilton.

I Stranger Than Paradise (15) (Jitn Jannusch. US/West Germany. 1984) John Lurie. Eszter Balint. Richard Edson. Cecilia Stark. Danny Rosen. 89mins. In Jarmusch's debut feature. Lurie (later to star in Down By Law) is a New Yorker playing reluctant host to his cousin from Hungary. When she departs to play cards with her mad aunt in Ohio. he and his mate Edson follow her into the bleak. mid-westem snowscape. All very low-key and monochrome. but there‘s a wonderfully dry sense of humour at play. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Strictly Ballroom (PG) (Baz Luhrrnann. Australia. 1991) Paul Mercurio. Tara Morice. Bill Hunter. 94 mins. Dancefloor hopeful Scott Hastings incurs the wrath of the Australian Dance Federation by using his own steps in competition. loses his partner and his friends. but finds love and artistic integrity with the local wallfiower. The ultimate feelgood movie. it is crammed with colour. glitter. music and spectacle. Fife: Adam Smith.

I Suture (18) (Scott McGehee and David Siegel. US. 1994) Dennis Haysbert. Michael Harris. Mel Harris. 96 mins. The story: Clay (Haysbert) survives a murder attempt by his brother Vincent (Harris). but suffers amnesia and has his face remade as Vincent by plastic surgery. The twist: although on screen everyone refers to the brothers‘ striking similarities. one is played by a burly black actora. the other by a small. white guy. An intriguing examination of personal identity and the connection between looks and character. shot in glorious monochrome scope. See preview. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Sweet Smell 0t Success (15) (Alexander Mackendrick. US. 1957) Burt Lancaster. Tony Curtis. Susan Harrison. Martin Milner. 96mins. Ealing comedy director Mackendrick‘s first American movie is a dark-centred conspiracy thriller with a superb evocation of fear and paranoia. shot on the streets of New York. Lancaster stars as a powerful journalist obsessed with destroying his sister's mam'age. while Curtis is the gossip hack whose willingness to oblige leads him into a web of trouble. Edinburgh: Film Guild.

I Taxi 1)rlver(18) (Martin Scorsese. US. 1976) Robert De Niro. Cybill Shepherd. Jodie Foster. ' 114 mins. An alienated taxi driver in New York is so repelled by the squalor and the moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. One of the key films of the Seventies with the Scorsese-De Niro partnership at its peak. Glasgow: GFT.

I Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (PG) (Michael Pressman. US. l991) Paige Turco. David Warner. Ernie Reyes Jr. 87 mins. A quick return for the original shell-suits. although with less plot and less violence than the original. The evil Shredder has decided to grow a couple of mutants of his own. and it seems that only our four adolescent amphibians can save the day with the odd pizza reference and a truly dire ‘Ninja Rap' (with the painfully embarrassing Vanilla Ice). Time to hang up those shells. dudes. Strathclyde: Cannon.

I 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (U) (Francois Girard. Canada. 1993) Colm Feore. Derek Keurvorst. Katya Ladan. 93 mins. Partly a homage to the 32 sections of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. partly a radical approach to screen biography. this film tells the life-story of piano genius Glenn Gould without resorting to cliched archive footage. The acting is superb. the structure fascinating. the music as vibrant as ever. Rarer has the act of artistic creation been presented on screen with such creativity. Fife: New Picture House. Robin's.

I Three Belem: Red (15) (Krzysztof Kieslowski. ance/Switz/Poland. 1994) Irene Jacob. Jean-Louis Trintignant. 96 mins. Kieslowski‘s tricolour trilogy comes to a close with what may be his greatest masterpiece. A Swiss model (Jacob) discovers that a retired judge (Trintignant) is listening in to his neighbours' phone conversations; but instead of denouncing him. she too opens up her innermost secrets. Superficial details are stripped away as the director concentrates on parallel lives and interwoven destinies. Strathclyde: Motherwell. I "rem-e08) (Andrew Fleming. US. 1994) Josh Charles. Lara Flynn Boyle. Stephen Baldwin. 93 mins. A serious. shy gay student and a slackerjock find themselves sharing a college dorm with a girl whose name has caused a bureaucratic error. Pretty soon. they're working out their incompatible triangular desires behind closed doors. A film that dares to challenge. but barely rocks the boat. Threesome stumbles through some incredibly patronising

5 scenes before finding a little more complexity.

Far from psychological truth. however. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Tickets For The 200 (Brian Crumlish. UK. 1991) Alice Bree. Micky McPherson. Tom Smith. 90 mins. Hard-hitting drama from Edinburgh-based Connorant Films. born from years of documentary film-making. The central love story plays against a background of homelessness and unemployment in a way that. although genuinely thought-provoking. does not thrust the politics down the audience‘s throat. Excellent performances from the young cast add to the power of this committed film that gets to the heart of some unpalatable social truths. Glasgow: GFT.

I The Tin llnrtrr Die Bleelrtmmme/ (18) (Volker Schlondorff. W.Gennany. 1979) David Bennent. Mario Adorf. Charles Aznavour. 141 mins. Compelling screen version of the Gunter Grass novel about a young boy who refuses to grow up as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I True Lies (15) (James Cameron. US. 1994) Arnold Schwarsenegger. Jamie Lee Curtis. Tom Arnold. 141 mins. Arnie masquerades as a computer salesman to keep long-suffering spouse Curtis in the dark about his real job in the hi-tech spy world. At a price tag of over SIOOm. Cameron's attempt to redefine the visual possibilities ofthe action genre is thrilling. disappointing and exasperating in almost equal measures. but at least the money's up there on the screen. Dodgy valuejudgements. brilliant wholesale destruction. Fife: New Picture House. I True Romance (18) (Tony Scott. US. 1993) Christian Slater. Patricia Arquette. Dennis Hopper. 119 mins. Comic bookstore assistant Clarence meets. sleeps with and marries novice hooker Alabama within a matter of hours. then the lovebirds find themselves on the run with an accidentally stolen case of cocaine. Limelight- stealing cameos and writer Quentin Tarantino's verbal set-pieces fire this excellent movie. the epitome of disposable pop culture for the fast- food generation. Glasgow: GFT.

I West Side Story (PG) (Robert Wise & Jerome

Robbins. US. 1961) Natalie Wood. Richard Beymer. Russ Tamblyn. Rita Moreno. 155 mins. Romeo And Juliet revisited against a background of New York gangs. Great songs of course. but the playing of the stylised dancing against a realistic background contrives to make it all look rather camp these days. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (12) (Lasse Hallstrom. US. 1993) Johnny Depp. Juliette Lewis. Leonardo Di Caprio. 118 mins. For once. Depp is the sole figure of calm in an oddball world. the oldest son in a dysfunctional family who live in a neurotic Iowa backwater. Only when holiday-maker Lewis arrives does he begin to consider his own feelings. With one eye on detail. the other on the absurd. director Lasse (My Life As A Dog) Hallstrom delivers a sympathetic romance surrounded by American foibles. The acting is superb from all concerned. A low-key wonder. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I The Wild One (18) (Stanley Kramer. US. 1954). Marlon Brando. Lee Marvin. Mary Murphy. 79 mins. Biker Johnny (Brando) and his wild chums terrorise a small town until the Sheriff gets his act together and calls the police. who arrest rival gang leader Marvin (whose supremely sarcastic line ‘Wah. they‘re arresting me’ is perhaps the high point of the film). Minimally-plotted and seminal biker movie. which set the tone for the genre so well that many of its lines and situations now seem stereotypes. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Wild Target (15) (Pierre Salvadori. France. 1993) Jean Rochefort. Marie Trintignant. Guillaume Depardieu. 88 mins. A professional killer is spotted by a delivery boy as he carries out a hit. but instead of adding another body to the pile. he takes on the youngster as an apprentice. Fumblings. accidental corpses. some supposedly bad taste comedy. and self-parody ensue. At least Guillaume Depardieu. as the hitman‘s pupil. manages to look sexier than his old man ever was. Glasgow: GFT. Grosvenor.

I Wyatt Earp (12) (Lawrence Kasdan. US. 1994) Kevin Costner. Dennis Quaid. Gene Hackman. 191 mins. A sprawling epic portrait of the legendary lawman that attempts to get beyond the myth of the OK Corral by showing Earp to be pig-headed in his determination that family matters ab0vc all else. Unfonunately Costner is just too one-note to create a truly ambivolent character. but the close quarter gunfights are probably the most realistic ever put on the big screen. Glasgow: GFI‘.

I Wildsereenl (PG) 119 mins. The last programme in the touring Festival of Wildlife and Environmental Film & TV is called ‘Bugs And Ughs!‘. Bite Of The B/(u'k Widow spins out the secrets of a deadly species: The House F ly: An Everyday Monster contains some brilliant flight sequences; and Tom/skin Spell examines the magical attraction of toads and frogs. Glasgow: GFT.




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